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CINCINNATI - It's been one crisis after another for doctors and nurses in the direct path of Hurricane Sandy.

"When the hurricanes come in, many of those staff, they pack their bag and they're at the hospital the next three days," University Hospital's Vice President of Patient Care Services Jennifer Jackson said. "They're in that environment until a hurricane is over."

When a disaster hits the Tri-State, Jackson is often the one at University Hospital in charge of saving lives.

For doctors and nurses, the tension is compounded by life outside of the emergency room.

"You begin to worry about your families, loved ones, how you're going to get your next meal, there's a lot of stress," Jackson said.

Jackson said that is what thousands of doctors and nurses across the Northeast are going through. They have to rely on their training, preparations and each other.

"Every hospital has surge plans, so every facility knows how they would handle an influx of critically ill patients, walking wounded, minor injury," Jackson said.

University Hospital runs safety drills regularly.

The hospital also follows the Hospital Incident Command System, known as HICS. This is a nationally known system the staff at University Hospital uses to make sure everything runs smoothly.

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